Simone Weil Quotes

Collected quotes from Simone Weil with images

“Equality is the public recognition, effectively expressed in institutions and manners, of the principle that an equal degree of attention is due to the needs of all human beings.”

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“If Germany, thanks to Hitler and his successors, were to enslave the European nations and destroy most of the treasures of their past, future historians would certainly pronounce that she had civilized Europe.”

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“The future is made of the same stuff as the present.”

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“To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art or life.”

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“Whatever debases the intelligence degrades the entire human being.”

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“The role of the intelligence - that part of us which affirms and denies and formulates opinions is merely to submit.”

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“The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell.”

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“Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it.”

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